Seller: esotericamericana (1,146) 100%, Location: Mickleton, New Jersey, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 172426396254 What you see is what you get: this gorgeous antique doorknob; Circa. 1870s. Completely stripped of decades of entombment of successive layers of paint; now ready for immediate display. Pressed composite knobs are EXTREMELY rare & highly desirable, based upon their 'temporary condition': under normal, everyday use, the decorative details crumble & break away; they're not designed to get wet or repel moisture, so exposure to inclement weather hastens their demise & finally, once they began to break apart & crumble, they were typically replaced with more durable (if non-decorative) metal knobs & simply thrown aside, as an ignominious end, to a once beautiful (if short-lived) existence... Obviously, while this knob is not 'flawless' it is definitely worth a high-profile position in a suitable enthusiast's permanent collection: there's some 'nibbles' to the material (here & there: as shown) as well as some tight, closed cracks beginning; but no discernible repairs or restoration was performed on this piece. Just had an interesting & appealing thought: this knob would look pretty incredible if it were covered with gold leaf...! But we leave such treatment to the new owner... Sorry people: the USPS raised their rates on January 17th & we're all going to have to 'take a bite'. High bidder agrees that padding, packing & shipping to pay EIGHT DOLLARS throughout the United States. WE WELCOME international bidders, but please email us for a shipping quote BEFORE placing a bid. Be sure to take the time to browse our other listings; we've got lots of merchandise that needs to be sold...! Exercise the "BuyItNow" option & ELIMINATE the competition...!!! A brief note on the "BuyItNow" option: as soon as someone places the minimum bid, the option to "BuyItNow" disappears from the listing. Conversely, if someone decides to "go for it" & click the "BuyItNow" tab, the listing ends IMMEDIATELY & that user has won the item....! Condition: Inspect images & read description.